This is a collection of .TGZ files of very early USENET posted data provided by a number of driven and brave individuals, including David Wiseman, Henry Spencer, Lance Bailey, Bruce Jones, Bob Webber, Brewster Kahle, and Sue Thielen.
This mirror is, unfortunately, incomplete, and the README file below reflects files and aspects that are not currently available generally. We welcome contributions of those missing files. A huge thanks to Rich Skrenta for keeping this data safe for years.
From the original FTP site:
230-Yes, you have found the on-line copy of Henry Spencer's UTZOO NetNews
230-It is not in a very reasonable format but it is all here. There were
230-141 magtapes in the collection and, so far, we have them organized to
230-reflect these tapes. You will find two types of files in this
230- newsNNNfM.tgz the archives, tar'd and compressed
230-and newsNNNfM.toc the tables of contents (tar listings)
230-where NNN is the tape number (from 001 to 141)
230-and M is the save set number (from 1 to 3 but usually 1).
230-There is also a file called AllTOC.tgz which is a compressed tar archive
230-containing all of the .toc files.
230-Please note that news001f1.tgz contains A news. All of the other tapes
230-contain B news. The news in this archive was collected between February
230-of 1981 and June of 1991. (The Scavenged.tgz file contains A news articles
230-which were "found" off the end of some of the earlier tapes.)
230-Also below here is an 'info' directory which contains several useful
230-files with "overviews" of some of the archive information. Hopefully
230-the filenames will explain what they are. (I know, probably not.)
230-The 'pc' directory contains Windows code which can unpack .tgz files. I
230-have also been told that the latest versions of WinZip can also read them.
January 23, 2014 Subject:
June 9, 2011 Subject:
Unique and irreplacable historical data.
The file news124f1.tgz is truncated; this happened before it got to archive.org, and approximately 5 mb of data appears to be lost from it. The remaining 2 gb of data
is in great shape and well organized so it's easy to work with as well.